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nujjerRocks!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2014

nujjer

Thanks to all previous contributors. It helped a lot finding my way.
For the record. Wintry and cloudy day. From the parking lot on Woodmen, your goal is the attractive cone to the right (North) and you will approach up the valley to the left. The water tank is simple enough to find, and you set off up the path to it's left. Immediately the paths split and curve, but keep heading in the right direction and it will come good in the end. I took advice and followed the creek all the way to a waterfall/cascade. I crossed but continued up the valley. Above and the the right are steep cliffs, your goal is to continue until the leftmost end of the cliffs. The trail starts to descend (pretty much for the first time ever) and is marked by a couple of cairns, follow for a short way, then turn right up a wide boulder field valley which leads up to a boulder chute between the end of the cliffs and an outcrop. The chute has cairns all the way up till you hit the ridge, v strenuous, wear good boots. Turn right at the ridge for a short push to the pleasing cairn at the summit. 1h50. 4.1km.
Posted Nov 23, 2014 6:56 pm

knotis23Not Like I Remember  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

knotis23

Got lost at a boulder field. Didn't look familiar (climbed this mountain at least 16 times). Followed a faint trail up the front side to summit, not sure where I went wrong. The summer's rain made this real hard. LOTS of loose rock and dirt. Big rocks too. Good thing I was the only one on the mountain. Could have killed someone w/ my avalanches.
Posted Sep 27, 2014 6:27 pm

cgish88Great scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014

cgish88

Lost the trail at the boulder field but had a very enjoyable scramble to the peak
Posted Jun 7, 2014 8:37 pm

telemarkdudeRoute up East Drainage  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 1996

telemarkdude

Lots of social trails going up through scree and loose gravel/sand to the north (hiker's right) of the drainage. Stay left of the creek all the way up the drainage to the small cliff with a waterfall. Here the trail turns right and follows the base of the cliff band skirting around it. I did a 3rd/4th class variation up through the broken blocks a little right of center on the cliff band that was much more interesting than the steep and slippery scree trail. The rest of the route is on much better trail.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 7:31 pm

knotis23My Favorite Mountain  Sucess!

knotis23

If I had a dollar for every time I hiked this one i'd have close to $15. Always a different route up and down. Love it.
Posted Nov 13, 2012 12:21 pm

PapaBanucciStayed the Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

PapaBanucci

...or at least a trail, nearly all the way up.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 3:21 pm

REMNo "Standard" Route  Sucess!

REM

Third time up managed to get "off trail" going both up and down with Dave. B.
Posted Jun 25, 2011 10:17 pm

InclinerFavorite Springs Hike  Sucess!

Incliner

Done it many times, never the same route.
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:43 pm

DWRichFrom the NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009
Hiked with my friend Tracy. We probably parked in the wrong place, as we ended up hiking 2.5 miles before we even got to the canyon. Seems like we should've been able to park near the Air Academy High School and cut at least 2 miles off each way. Ended up taking the Falcon Trail to Trail 713 up to the water tank. Took the ridge all the way to the top. Have read lots of trip reports where people had a hard time finding the airplane wreckage, but we found it easily taking this route. Lots of cairns along the way to the top, but as long as you skirt the ridge, you can't get lost. Found it amazing that on a warm, beautiful Sunday morning, we didn't run across one other person. Round trip was 8.4 miles. Beautiful canyon, beautiful peak, beautiful day.
Posted Aug 11, 2009 7:21 pm

ktiffany22A slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2007

ktiffany22

For whatever reason this extreme cardio workout kicked my butt! The bummer part is that due to an approaching lightening storm we didn't get to spend any time on the summit :-(
Posted Jul 3, 2009 6:12 pm

VermontMikeOpen Space Route  Sucess!

VermontMike

Scrambled up/down the boulder fields instead of dealing with the scree. A nice hike! Guess I'll have to do UN9500' next time too.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 3:23 pm

cftbqlast one of the day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2009

cftbq

After doing three other unranked peaks nearby, I made the short climb up to this summit from the saddle, before heading back down the steep trail to the BPOS trailhead. Actually my third climb of this peak.
Posted Mar 26, 2009 12:21 am

shknbkevia North Ridge/Trail 713  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2009

shknbke

I decided to locate the plane wreckage along the north ridge. I parked at the West Monument Creek TH (Trail 713) below the gate to the filtration plant. There is a decent trail up the north ridge that I was able to follow with snow. Coordinates of the wreckage are 38.96352N and 104.90998W at an elevation of 8580' just below the ridge on the east side. It's a steep grunt to the summit from there.

Followed the trail down to the saddle on the south side an continued over to soft ranked 9500D to the s.w. Descended the standard route down to 7900' and followed the trail and an academy jeep road to complete a nice loop. Had to bushwack a bit at the end to stay east of the filtration plant. Excellent loop hike!
Posted Jan 11, 2009 1:12 am

Jeremy HakesSteep. Loose.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2008

Jeremy Hakes

Steep. From the AFA, north ridge route (see topo). 9.7 miles RT, 4000' gain, 4 hours. I also recommend hitting UN9500, a soft ranked peak just to the SW of Blodgett.
Posted Sep 3, 2008 9:54 am

kavakFrom Ormes Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 1989

kavak

My son and I were on this adventure to climb Ormes and Blodgett. The trip was an uneventful ridge hike northeast to Blodgett. The 9500 ridge point was more interesting than Blodgett but of course the views of the plains is always a treat in the Rampart Range.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 11:00 am

Brad76Bluebird Day on Blodgett  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2008

Brad76

The wife and I headed up to Blodgett Peak on a beautiful April day. The trail was snow free even though there were plenty of snow drifts still lingering in the valley. The views on top are the best from any Colorado Springs peak that we have seen to date.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 7:00 pm

shknbkeFrom open space  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2008

shknbke

First calendar winter ascent and 7th overall. Took advantage of the time change and did it after work. Topped out at 7:15pm with hokiejim and enjoyed the city lights for a few minutes before heading down the bobsled run. Went down the trail in the drainage instead of zigging across the face on the way down. Still took a couple wrong turns on the way up. 2nd most climbed peak in CO for me next to Pikes. Never gets old.
Posted Mar 17, 2008 12:50 pm

ElliottDavisFrom Open Space  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2008

ElliottDavis

Rather windy on the fire road but nicely sheltered from there to the summit ridge. No need for snowshoes. YakTrax/cleats/light crampons would be handy; trekking poles invaluable for balance on the mixture of packed snow, ice and loose gravel.

A very fine outing indeed. =)
Posted Feb 1, 2008 3:28 pm

Sheldonawesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2008

Sheldon

awesome tough climb. Never gets old.
Posted Jan 2, 2008 11:07 pm

SheldonCold, cloudy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2007

Sheldon

so the weather was really bad, the first day of our weekend snowstorm. The begining was really foggy but as i made my way up, i was above the fog. The last part with all the scree and boulders was really scary, one wrong step and i was sending huge boulders down the hill and i was afraid to start a landslide or break an ankle or something. Once i reached the summit i was looking over where the springs would be but were covered by the clouds. One wierd thing i noticed was that it was much warmer above the clouds than it was when i was down in the valley section.
Posted Dec 7, 2007 11:42 pm

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